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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.


National estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Industry profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Geographic profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

National estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
87,480 1.7 % $ 21.24 $ 44,180 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.17 $ 17.50 $ 21.55 $ 23.39 $ 29.51
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,480 $ 36,390 $ 44,820 $ 48,640 $ 61,380


Industry profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 54,880 21.02 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 21,580 24.67 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,020 0.82 $ 19.43 $ 40,400
Employment Services 2,710 0.08 $ 13.18 $ 27,420
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,770 0.34 $ 20.26 $ 42,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 21,580 24.67 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 54,880 21.02 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,020 0.82 $ 19.43 $ 40,400
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,770 0.34 $ 20.26 $ 42,130
Plastics Product Manufacturing 810 0.14 $ 16.31 $ 33,930

Top paying industries for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 21,580 24.67 $ 26.45 $ 55,010
Dairy Product Manufacturing 50 0.03 $ 23.00 $ 47,840
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 80 0.03 $ 20.54 $ 42,720
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,770 0.34 $ 20.26 $ 42,130
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 54,880 21.02 $ 20.03 $ 41,660


Geographic profile for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 7,880 2.86 4.60 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Pennsylvania 6,010 1.08 1.73 $ 20.83 $ 43,330
Ohio 5,980 1.15 1.85 $ 19.73 $ 41,050
North Carolina 4,760 1.08 1.74 $ 19.39 $ 40,340
Texas 4,410 0.36 0.58 $ 18.30 $ 38,070


Map of location quotient of paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 7,880 2.86 4.60 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Arkansas 2,590 2.17 3.50 $ 21.14 $ 43,960
Alabama 3,150 1.64 2.63 $ 24.58 $ 51,130
South Carolina 2,610 1.26 2.03 $ 24.94 $ 51,870
Missouri 3,270 1.20 1.93 $ 20.52 $ 42,670


Map of annual mean wages of paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,630 0.51 0.82 $ 26.66 $ 55,460
Oregon 1,220 0.67 1.08 $ 25.06 $ 52,120
South Carolina 2,610 1.26 2.03 $ 24.94 $ 51,870
Alabama 3,150 1.64 2.63 $ 24.58 $ 51,130
Idaho 410 0.54 0.87 $ 23.82 $ 49,540



Map of employment of paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,700 0.87 1.41 $ 22.81 $ 47,440
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,080 0.36 0.57 $ 20.07 $ 41,750
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,120 0.59 0.95 $ 17.82 $ 37,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,730 0.65 1.05 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Green Bay, WI 1,560 9.44 15.20 $ 23.61 $ 49,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,430 0.25 0.40 $ 22.07 $ 45,910
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,420 15.81 25.46 $ 23.71 $ 49,310
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,420 1.40 2.25 $ 20.78 $ 43,210
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,320 1.29 2.07 $ 20.73 $ 43,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,200 0.47 0.75 $ 21.89 $ 45,530


Map of location quotient of paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 1,420 15.81 25.46 $ 23.71 $ 49,310
Longview, WA 550 14.17 22.82 $ 31.35 $ 65,210
Gettysburg, PA 300 9.53 15.35 $ 20.67 $ 42,990
Green Bay, WI 1,560 9.44 15.20 $ 23.61 $ 49,100
Lewiston, ID-WA 240 8.75 14.09 $ 27.74 $ 57,690
Glens Falls, NY 420 8.73 14.06 $ 24.32 $ 50,580
Wausau, WI 480 7.06 11.37 $ 24.61 $ 51,190
Appleton, WI 750 6.37 10.27 $ 23.41 $ 48,680
Jackson, TN 320 4.79 7.71 $ 18.11 $ 37,660
Altoona, PA 260 4.59 7.39 $ 21.49 $ 44,690


Map of annual mean wages of paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Longview, WA 550 14.17 22.82 $ 31.35 $ 65,210
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 310 1.77 2.86 $ 27.92 $ 58,070
Lewiston, ID-WA 240 8.75 14.09 $ 27.74 $ 57,690
Duluth, MN-WI 260 2.19 3.52 $ 27.50 $ 57,210
Florence, SC 250 2.96 4.77 $ 26.80 $ 55,750
Danbury, CT 140 1.95 3.14 $ 26.76 $ 55,660
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 70 0.29 0.46 $ 25.36 $ 52,760
Wausau, WI 480 7.06 11.37 $ 24.61 $ 51,190
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 460 0.24 0.39 $ 24.51 $ 50,980
Syracuse, NY 320 1.15 1.86 $ 24.51 $ 50,980

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 810 12.77 20.57 $ 26.87 $ 55,890
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 790 4.13 6.65 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 750 3.07 4.95 $ 18.77 $ 39,030
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 700 2.23 3.58 $ 19.06 $ 39,650
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 660 2.77 4.47 $ 19.39 $ 40,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 810 12.77 20.57 $ 26.87 $ 55,890
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 390 6.31 10.17 $ 24.10 $ 50,130
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 790 4.13 6.65 $ 23.81 $ 49,520
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 560 3.82 6.15 $ 20.90 $ 43,480
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 340 3.68 5.93 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.04 1.67 $ 27.79 $ 57,790
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 810 12.77 20.57 $ 26.87 $ 55,890
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 280 2.06 3.32 $ 25.15 $ 52,310
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 390 6.31 10.17 $ 24.10 $ 50,130
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 790 4.13 6.65 $ 23.81 $ 49,520


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022